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Runaway to Ocean Escape in Dreamy Debut Mammals Video

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Director Justin McMillan, editor Simon Njoo & Heckler team up to create promo for Nylon Studios composer’s band

Runaway to Ocean Escape in Dreamy Debut Mammals Video

Top industry talent including director Justin McMillan, editor Simon Njoo and post house Heckler have banded together to create a mesmerising music video to promote ‘Circles’, the latest single from up-and-coming Sydney band Mammals. 

The music video features Mammals lead singer and composer at Nylon Studios Guy Brown as he makes a journey across unsuspecting landscapes to reach his final destination: a daring cliff face that he then proceeds to leap off before diving deep into the ocean.

Collaborating with director McMillan and editor Njoo, D.O.P Tim Tregoning filmed the scenic locations shooting on a Red Epic camera and using a MoVI stabilised gimbal.

“Guy has a connection to the ocean and you can hear it in his sound,” said McMillan. “When I was his age, I took to the ocean as an escape from the demons in my life; I would runaway to the sea and it became my therapy… and also the central theme behind this story," he explained.

"When I first heard the track, I decided to avoid aligning it with my immediate visual reaction. I loved the song; it's really well crafted, and so the moving images had to pay it justice. The aim is for the audience to get lost on an abstract journey as they slowly move along to the lyrics.”

Filmed in just under 48 hours and using the latest in aerial remote-control film technology, the clip’s sweeping airborne and underwater cinematography was captured with the help of Heliguy.TV, operated by pilot and MoVI technician Guy Alexander.

Heckler completed all post production on the music video including visual effects and colour grading under the creative and technical supervision of executive creative director Garry Jacques and executive producer Will Alexander.

“I couldn’t be happier with the end result and truly appreciate the hard work invested from everyone involved,” Brown said. “Everything just came together so naturally – from the team, the concept, weather and the locations,” he explained. “Visually it’s just stunning. You can really tell just how talented and committed everyone was with this project.”  


Director - Justin McMillan

Producer - Andrew Mclean

D.O.P - Tim Tregoning 

RC Chopper pilot/MoVi technician - Guy Alexander 

Movie Operator/Water DOP - Dean Cropp

1st Camera Assistant - Sam De Talega

2nd Camera Assistant - Ewan Donnachie

Editor: Simon Njoo

Post Production: Heckler

Executive Producer: Will Alexander 

Executive Creative Director: Garry Jacques 

VFX Producer: Ali Kennedy

3D Generalist (Modelling & FX): Sina Rahimpour 

Compositor: Mark Kwanten 

Compositor: Maxence Peillon

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Genres: In-camera effects, Scenic, Visual VFX, People, Music performance

Categories: Short films, Music video

Heckler, Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:59:29 GMT